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Latin America agrees on a treaty on access to information and environmental justice

LAC P10 CEPAL CeremonyRepresentatives of Latin American and Caribbean countries have adopted a new legally binding agreement on Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration – Regional agreement on access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean (the Escazú Agreement) in Escazú, Costa Rica.

The adoption took place on 4 March – the day of birth of Berta Cáceres – human rights and environmental defender who was killed in 2016 for her activism.

The Escazú Agreement will be open for signature by Latin American and Caribbean countries in September 2018 and it requires ratifications or other forms of approval by 11 countries of the region in order to enter into force.

In case of entering into force, the document becomes a legal instrument for:

  • Protection of human right defenders in environmental matters;
  • Better access of every person to information concerning the environment including dissemination of information about imminent threat to public health or the environment;
  • Participation in decision-making concerning the environment;
  • Access to justice in environmental matters with the procedures that are not prohibitively expensive;
  • Considering the interests of persons or groups in vulnerable situations, including indigenous people.

LAC P10 CEPAL GroupThe Escazú Agreement strongly correlates to the principles of the Earth Charter including its Principle 13 on democratic institutions, transparency, accountability, inclusive participation and access to justice.

Such a connection makes Earth Charter International believe that civil society will support the document and will cooperate with the governments of Latin America and Caribbean countries in order to turn the provisions of the Escazú Agreement into reality in the region.

There are several actions that organizations and individuals can do to promote the Escazú Agreement in their countries:

  • Organize round tables and conferences on the Agreement;
  • Include information on the Agreement in educational programs, courses and workshops;
  • Organize contests of scientific papers and Media events on access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters (access rights);
  • Organize special events to commemorate the life and achievements of human right defenders in environmental matters.

For further information see:LAC P10 Civil society

The full text of the Escazú Agreement 

Official site – Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN agency that led the drafting process of the Escazú Agreement)

The Access Initiative the largest civil society network on access rights.

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Institute in Venezuela organizes discussion on the Earth Charter

IUT-FRP 4With the participation of Chemistry, Quality Systems, and Environment Control students, a discussion on the Earth Charter was held at the University Institute of Technology Dr. Federico Rivero Palacio, organized by the Research and Postgraduate Department, under Professor Joel Campuzano.

The activity began with a video called “The sustainable future is in our hands”, where awareness was generated among attendees about how and why we should all defend the rights of Planet Earth and that only together we can save our only ¨spacecraft¨, as Professor Walter Martínez in his Dossier program expressed.

Professor Joel Campuzano, Head of the Research and Postgraduate Department of the IUT-FRP said, “Our planet is the only space where we live, the Earth Charter as an ethical document, is a vision of hope, a call to action in defense of the rights of Planet Earth, for present and future generations, and for the community’s well-being¨.

IUT-FRP 3“The Earth Charter gives us the notion of integrality working from values, love, a culture of peace, solidarity, generating reflections to act under the fifth objective of the Nation’s Plan. Therefore, this call to action is aimed at IUT students who bring their proposals and their projects to carry them out jointly inside and outside the institution¨, stated professor Campuzano.

Campuzano added: “IUT-FRP endorses the Earth Charter, and therefore commits to disseminate and promote, from the Quality Systems laboratory and the Environment Department, the sustainable development of our Planet Earth. Also we invite all of those who want to join this noble initiative, to join the promoting team, and in addition, to thank all the directors of the institute lead by Professor Hector Constant, for all the support “.

IUT-FRP 2These activities encourage interest of students, such as Ronaldo Paiva, a student of Control of the Environment Sytems, who expressed “Initiatives such as the Agroecological Park are very interesting, as we must begin to revert the situations that are affecting the preservation of life in Planet Earth¨.

Other students, of the Quality and Environment Systems programme, such as Enyerlis Luzón stated, “I loved the discussion, I learned what the Earth Charter is and why we should all put its principles into practice for the benefit of all¨. Jean Carlos Boscán expressed “Pollution is a very serious issue affecting us now, we must all work to ensure our present and future, and the key to this is to put into practice, disseminate and promote the 16 principles of the Earth Charter¨.

Press IUT-FRP.
Text and photos by: Alejandra Guzmán and Guillermo Navarro.

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Earth Charter Austria celebrates Global Recycling Day with art exhibition

Global Recycling DayTo celebrate Global Recycling Day, the art exhibition called ¨Science, Technology, Innovation, and Art¨ opened on 18 March 2018 at the Earth Charter Austria Center in Klosterneuburg, Austria.

The goal of the exhibition is to inform the public and create awareness about the critical need of recycling in current times.

In this exhibition, austrian artists Christoph W. Band, who presented a work of art on aluminium, and Wolfgang Pawlik who presented a three-dimensional metal object, inspired guests to think about recycling and encourage them to take action.

Flyer photoThe exhibition is a cooperation between UNESCO Club Vienna and Earth Charter Austria and will be open to the public until 17 April 2018.

People interested in the Global Recycling Day exhibition and the displayed art work can book a personal tour or workshop with one of the artists, Christoph Band.

To contact Christoph Band email at: [email protected] or call: +4369917274707

To sign the Global Recycling Day Petition: https://www.globalrecyclingday.com/
To visit the artists websites go to: www.christophband.com and www.pawlix.com
Earth Charter Austria: www.erdcharta.at

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Queensland Global Citizenship Schools Programme

Australia Earth Charter BrochureEarth Charter Committee of Australia has been working under the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA). This group recently published an Earth Charter Brochure, which they have been sharing in their activities.

A very interesting action this Committee carry out every year is the UNAA Queensland Global Citizenship Schools Programme.

The aim is to engage and inspire primary and secondary students across Queensland to become active Global Citizens. The specific objectives are:

– Engage and inspire students to become active Global Citizens
– Empower students to be effective leaders
– Support students to plan two UN Global Goals school initiatives
– Target Principle 14a of the Earth Charter: “Provide all, especially children and youth, with educational opportunities that empower them to contribute actively to sustainable development.”
– Build connections between schools and Local Members

Registration is open for the 2018 program, find all information here: http://unaaqglobalcitizens.weebly.com/

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Kids from Spain explain what the Earth Charter is

The Values Foundation, Affiliate of the Earth Charter International in Spain, has created a very special video, where three kids explain what the Earth Charter is in a fun and engaging way.

For this organization, the Earth Charter, is a document and a participatory process that continues to create a global civil network throughout the planet. Children are part of this global network, and they have been given the opportunity to give their message, through this video.

We appreciate if you share this video with your networks and friends, it can be an interesting tool to be used in the classroom.  The video is in Spanish with English subtitles.

 

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Stories and endorsements – the Earth Charter in Mexico

Huitzil Carta Tierra Hidalgo Mexico

The Mexican Earth Charter Network has been active in the first two months of the year.

The focal point of the State of Hidalgo, Leodán Portes, promoted a cultural artistic show based on 20 short stories inspired by the Earth Charter, called: “Huitzilin, Tales for the Earth and Songs for Peace”. This show was presented on 14 February 2018, at the Technological University of the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico (UTVAM), entity in charge of making and producing this event.

This cultural production is part of  UTVAM student empowerment programme, which uses the neuro-education approach. The tales were presented with music and theater.

Carta Tierra Jovenes Mexico

In Mexico City, the civil society organization Kybernus endorsed the Earth Charter in a ceremony that took place on 20 February 2018.  Kybernus works on youth empowerment, and has 32 offices in different States of Mexico. This endorsement was possible thanks to the efforts of Eder Medina, EC focal point of Chiapas. The witness of honor of this endorsement was Senator Ninfa Salinas Sada, President of the Environment Committee of the Senate of the Republic.

As part of this endorsement’s ceremony, the new publication of the Earth Charter Adaptation for young people was presented.  This adaptation is the product of a consultation process that lasted 4 years, with youth from the local Councils for Sustainable Development.

You can download the adaptation of the Earth Charter for young people here (in Spanish).

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Earth Charter Education Opportunities

CDT 2016-2017-033The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development is offering the following Education programmes, open to all interested.

The Programmes are developed under the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development, that the Earth Charter Center coordinates with the University for Peace.

Find the information of next programmes in the links below.

 

 

29 May to 27 November 2018:  Online Certificate Programmes on Education for Sustainable Development in Spanish and Portuguese.  Six-month diploma programmes fully online. Certificate offered with the University for Peace.

Portuguese: Programa Internacional de Aperfeiçoamento Profissional (PIAP). Educação para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável 2018

Spanish:  Programa Internacional de Actualización Profesional. Diplomado en Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible

 

02 -06 July 2018:  Education, Ethics, & Values for Sustainability.  Transformative Teaching and Learning with the Earth Charter.   This is a 1-week intensive executive programme, co-facilitated by Sam Crowell and Mirian Vilela. Location: Earth Charter Education Center in Costa Rica.

 

09 April– 18 June 2018:  Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Training. A 10-week online training for emerging youth leaders.  Spanish.

This online course will be offered again in English and Spanish in the following dates:

English:  02 July- 10 September

Spanish:  24 September- 03 December

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Earth Charter Slogan 2018

CT 2018 Eng B“Embrace a Sustainable Lifestyle” is the slogan that Earth Charter International Secretariat is using during 2018 to motivate and inspire activities in connection with the Earth Charter in action.

ECI Secretariat invites affiliates, volunteers, young leaders, endorsers and all those interested to use this logo and slogan in your activities.

You can download this logo in English here.

Download the French logo.

Download the Portuguese logo.

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Spirituality & Sustainability Conference in Rome

Sustainability and Spirituality From May 24 to June 1, 2018, the Rome & Assisi Spirituality & Sustainability Conference will be held in Italy. The Co-Conveners are the Center for Ethics at Saint Thomas University in Florida and FORUM 21 in New York.

This Conference will bring together visionary people from a range of ecological-spiritual perspectives, centers, and movements. Participants will dialogue about transformative global change based on spirituality and sustainability and will identify key recommendations for creating a spiritual and sustainable global future.

The Conference’s goals are: to explore breakdown of civilization in the Anthropocene and breakthrough from the Cenozoic Era to the Ecozoic Era, explore practical tools, both spiritual and organizational, for personal, social, and ecological transformation, identify and support young leaders seeking transformative global change based on spirituality and sustainability, and seek common ground for ecological sustainability across the wisdom traditions of world religions and indigenous spirituality

The conference will also focus on the Earth Charter as a key contribution to global ethics, the United Nations work on sustainable development and particularly its “Agenda 2030,”; as well as from the wisdom traditions of world religions and indigenous spiritualities.

Click here to see the Conference brochure.

Click here to see report of last Conference.

For more information contact:

CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT Saint Thomas University Center for Ethics
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, Florida 33054 USA
Phone: +1 (305) 628-6581
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.conference-secretariat.info

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Dialogue on relevance of the Earth Charter to contemporary issues

diálogo fotoTo help stimulate dialogue around the relevance of the Earth Charter to contemporary issues, ECI Executive Director, Mirian Vilela, invited Prof. Brendan Mackey* in 2017 to write an essay as a personal reflection on the Earth Charter’s current relevance and the ways in which it can be used to help promote a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.

The idea then evolved to broaden this activity by inviting a group of people, who are engaged with the Earth Charter Initiative, to write a brief response to Brendan’s essay and to share all these reflections on the relevance of the Earth Charter to contemporary issues by posting them on the ECI website.

We hope these materials will stimulate an expanded dialogue on the significant and relevance of the Earth Charter to contemporary issues and the challenges of the Anthropocene. We invite you to read the essays and contribute to the discussion.

Click here to read the essays or see the list below.

We welcome anyone who has been working with and reflecting on the Earth Charter and its uses, to share with us their responses and reflections. If you would like to make a contribution to this dialogue please email a short essay (700 words max.) by 30 June 2018 to the ECI executive director at [email protected].

We will go through the essays received and put together a digital book with a collection of them. During the 2nd semester of this year, we shall have an online forum on this and the release of this publication.

Thank you!

*Director of Griffith University’s Climate Change Response Programme. Brendan was a member of the Earth Charter Drafting committee, former co-chair of Earth Charter International Council and is a senior advisor of the Earth Charter Initiative.

 

Essays:

Mackey, Brendan (2017). “A Reflection on The Earth Charter Project and its Mission in the Anthropocene”

Bernstein, Johannah (2017).  “Earth Charter and Human Rights”

Bosselmann, Klaus, Engel, Ron and Taylor, Prue (2017).   “Giving the Earth Charter a New and More Powerful Voice”

Brown, Donald (2017). “Reflections on Major Obstacles Preventing the Earth Charter Project from Achieving its Long-term Goals”

Capra, Fritjof (2017). “The Community of Life”

Downer, Nigel (2017). “The Earth Charter as a global ethic”

Hacker, Violaine (2017). “Can the Earth Charter Movement Promote the Common Good”

Heyerdahl, Bjorn (2017). “A Re-Genesis: Actioning the Earth Charter”

Lambooy, Tineke (2018). “Understanding how the Earth Charter can serve as a guidance for social enterprises (and legislators)”

Muller, Eduard (2017). “Thoughts and comments about “A Reflection on The Earth Charter Project and its Mission in the Anthropocene¨

Ogbuiweg, Akpezi (2017). “The Contemporary Twist of Hope”

Preston, Noel (2017). Looking Back: Looking Forward”

Robinson, Nick (2017). “Norms for an Ecological Society”

Roerink, Alide (2017). “The Earth Charter: A Game Changing Ethical Guide”

Song, Li (2017). “The Earth Charter – continued global dialogue”

 

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